The Equamore Foundation, Ashland's local horse rescue facility, welcomed two more horses to Eden Farm in April.

Equamore's rescue team received a report of a pony with laminitis (a painful hoof inflammation) struggling to stand up in her pasture. When the team showed up with a truck, trailer, halters and cameras, they found that the pony, Dapples, had a pasture mate, a gentle white mare named Julie, and the two were roaming around in a large field.

The rescue team was shocked to see Dapples' painfully overgrown hoofs, sometimes known as "aladdin slippers," "Dutch shoes" or "ski slopes." Obviously in pain, with more than six inches of toe on each foot and having a difficult time walking, Dapples and Julie were taken to Eden Farm where both horses were made comfortable. Dapples was able to have her feet trimmed by a farrier that same afternoon.

"I can't tell you how much we need help," said Linda Davis, executive director of Equamore, an organization dedicated to the rescue of neglected, abused, aged and otherwise needy horses with no alternatives for their care. "There is no government funding available for these types of situations. It's falling on the shoulders of rescue organizations. The price of hay is skyrocketing. Just the basic cost of caring for one horse per month is $200. This does not include veterinarian and farrier fees."

Dapples and Julie will join 26 other rescued horses at Eden Farm, which is owned by Davis.

The Grotto pizza restaurant in Talent is holding a 60-day fundraiser for Equamore, which began April 10. The goal is to raise enough money for hay to feed the 28 rescued horses who are sustained entirely by donations and volunteers. The Grotto will feature a special Equamore pizza, and Equamore beer of the week, as well as t-shirts and buttons.

As of now, Dapples and Julie will enjoy the comfort of a long-awaited hoof trimming in a safe, caring environment.

Check donations may be made out to the Equamore Foundation, 4723 Hwy 66, Ashland, OR 97520.

To learn more, contact the Equamore Foundation at 482-5550.